When Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem to take part in the Census, they had no place to stay. However, the couple needed some place to stay not only for practical reasons, but because Mary was about to give birth. Traditionally, the birth of Christ in a stable with the manger as his bassinet is a mark of Christ's humble birth. However, it is also a telling parable for the trials that many in our world face. Mary and Joseph had to take extraordinary, and dare we say undignified measures, through no fault of their own.
In this time of (hopefully) peace and joy, it is important that we remember the less fortunate among us. Poverty is not a character flaw nor, incidentally, is it necessarily part and parcel to hard times or simply being in need. "There but the grace of God," sums up the sentiment quite nicely. Please remember the need and poor in these trying economic times. However, do remember them at other times, too. Certainly at Christmastime we should think of them and be generous, but basic human needs and human dignity are present in all season. Please consider giving to a local charity like the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts or another like noble cause.
We at Western Mass Politics & Insight wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and yours!